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March 2003 Project of the Month
Playdough Recipes

Playing with playdough is a wonderful activity for little hands. Children can help make it and then enjoy working with it. Whenever I've brought out homemade playdough for friends, they all say how much better they like it than the store-bought kind!

You can find accessories for playdough fun in your kitchen:

  • A small, plastic cup turned upside down will cut out "cookies," and turned on its side it can be a rolling pin.
  • Pressing with the tines of a fork or the slats of a spatula will make textures in the dough.
  • Roll out a log of dough and have a child cut off "cookies" with a plastic knife.
  • Cookie cutters are lots of fun, too!
  • Plastic plates can be used to put on a pretend tea party.

I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as my three-year-old daughter and I did! ~ Caryl

Issac and Charon

Oatmeal Playdough:

  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water

Combine the above ingredients in a bowl. You will need to mix and knead the dough with your hands. It will be sticky at first, but as it combines, the dough will develop more of a "playdough" consistency.

CharonCooked Playdough:

This recipe involves using the stove. If you are putting this recipe together with a child, please do the cooking step yourself, to be on the safe side. Also, the dough will be hot when it comes off the stove, so knead it for a few minutes yourself before encouraging little fingers to touch it.

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1-2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • food coloring

Combine the above ingredients in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture pulls away from sides of pan and forms a ball. Knead until cool and smooth. You can store this in an airtight container in your refrigerator, and it will last a long time!

CharonPeanut Butter Playdough:

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • Dry milk powder

Combine the above ingredients in a bowl, adding enough dry milk powder until it becomes dough-like. You can cut out cookies and decorate them with things like raisins or chocolate chips. Then, eat and enjoy!

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